22 October 2012
Source: Comité por la Libre Expresión – C-Libre
(C-Libre/IFEX) – 17 October 2012 – From his cell in a jail in Puerto Cortes, Cortes department, Joaquin Molina Andrade has continued to send death threats to journalist Selvin Martínez and his family. Molina previously tried to kill Martínez on 11 June 2012.
“We’re going to give it to you where it hurts the most; your children, your mother, your wife,” read the threats.
“I feel tremendous fear for my family, I can’t get away from this distressing situation, not even for a second,” Martínez told C-Libre.
According to the journalist, who works for the JBN television station, the person behind the threats is Molina, who is currently awaiting sentencing on charges of attempted murder and bearing illegal arms. Martínez said Molina even called him personally to threaten him..
“As far as I understood from the public prosecutor, they are in charge of sentencing Joaquín Molina, and I was told they will be asking for 18 to 20 years in prison, but I’m not sure that’s going to help me. That’s why I’m letting the public know that if anything happens to me or my family, this man is responsible,” said Martínez.
The journalist has been the target of two shootings this year, was involved in a car chase and his wife was the victim of an attempted kidnapping. Because Martínez is clearly in danger, the Human Rights Unit of the Public Safety Secretariat has granted him security measures.